Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry newcomer Sam Hunt makes his Grand Ole Opry debut on August 19.

Condolences to David Nail, whose grandmother, Opal Brents, passed away Thursday in Missouri.

Time for a random tweet from Brett Eldredge: “I wish salsa dancing was actually just about doing a weird dance while eating salsa….I love salsa.”

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Taylor Swift: “I Have to Try a Little Harder” to Look Good After a Gym Workout in NYC

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift always seems to look great, even after a workout out at the gym.

Taylor, who lives in New York City these days, has been photographed a number of times coming out of the gym after a workout looking like she’s ready to walk the red carpet at an awards show.

During an appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Thursday, the singer explained that she feels she always needs to look her best when she’s walking around the Big Apple.

“I just feel like when I walk out onto the sidewalk in New York…I have to try a little harder.”

The 24-year-old singer denied the tabloid rumor that she spends an hour getting dressed after her workout. “That’s ridiculous,” she insists.

Taylor was on Late Night to promote her appearance in the film The Giver, opening Friday, as well as her Yahoo! worldwide live stream next Monday.

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Luke Bryan Welcomes Fellow Georgia Boy Brantley Gilbert for Tonight’s Stadium Show in Philadelphia

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan welcomes Brantley Gilbert on the bill for his show at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Friday night, and fans at the concert are in for a special treat from the two Georgia boys.

Luke tells ABC News Radio, “I’ve got to call him because we’re going to work on some cool stuff to kind of collaborate on for that show. So, we’re excited about having him out.”

The Philadelphia show is just the latest stadium date on Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night tour. Though the show has some similarities to his regular arena shows, Luke tries to make the most of playing such large venues.

“We shoot off a bunch of fireworks at the end of the show,” he explains, “but then we do have intimate moments. I feel like it gets real small in that feel, and I think that’s a special moment for your show. I try to do the whole emotion of everything no matter where I’m playing a show.”

So, what advice would he give to other country stars hoping to headline those big stadiums someday.

Says Luke, “The only way to learn how to play stadiums is to walk your butt out there and play the stadium. I learned that my first one in Heinz Field. It’s a whole ‘nother animal.”

Lee Brice and Cole Swindell are also on the bill for Luke’s big show in Philadelphia.

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Scotty McCreery Taking See You Tonight Tour into the Fall with Danielle Bradbery

Russ Harrington/MCA NashvilleScotty McCreery is extending his See You Tonight tour into the fall with special guest Danielle Bradbery. The set list features Scotty’s latest single, “Feelin’ It,” as well as his top 10 hit, “See You Tonight.”

Scotty has already played more than 50 shows on the See You Tonight tour this year. He says, “The fans have really been incredible at all of our shows so far. I’m excited to keep all the momentum going with Danielle coming out with us; it’s going to be great. We’re going to have a blast on the road!”

Look for Scotty to announce additional dates soon.

Here are Scotty’s fall tour dates:

10/17 — Fayetteville, NC
10/18 — Toms River, NJ
10/19 — Bethlehem, PA
10/24 — Williamsport, PA
10/25 — West Point, NY
10/26 — Indiana, PA
10/30 — Louisville, KY
11/1 — Athens, OH
11/15 — Kansas City, MO
11/16 — St. Louis, MO
11/21 — Columbia, SC
12/3 — Westbury, NY
12/4 — Wallingford, CT

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Thomas Rhett’s Ready to Boogie with His Disco-Inspired Single, “Make Me Wanna”

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupThomas Rhett was born in 1990, but his latest single, “Make Me Wanna,” takes its sound straight out of the ’70s. According to Billboard, the inspiration for the disco-leaning track came from a scene the 1980 movie Airplane! spoofing John Travolta‘s disco-king role in Saturday Night Fever.

Watching the movie, Thomas was taken with the Bee Gees hit they used in the film, “Stayin’ Alive.” He then went online to find out how to play those disco chords on his guitar, and incorporated that sound into writing “Make Me Wanna” the very next day.

“Make Me Wanna” will most likely be the last single from Thomas’s debut album.  He hints the song’s adventurous spirit will continue on his sophomore album.  Thomas tells Billboard, “It really is a great lead-in to what’s gonna be coming on the next record.”

Thomas is on the road with Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum tour this weekend, with shows in Illinois, Indiana and Kansas.

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Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Image Courtesy BBMA/ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsEven more country stars have poured ice-cold water on themselves as the challenge to raise awareness of ALS sweeps the nation. Florida Georgia Line got in on the act at their Wednesday night show in Missouri. Video of FGL taking the challenge was posted online Thursday morning, and they called out none other than Garth Brooks to accept the ice bucket challenge.

Keith Urban took the challenge with former Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett while in Kansas City filming American Idol auditions. Keith then called out Eric Church, Tim McGraw and John Mayer to douse themselves with water next.

Justin Moore, Luke Bryan and Lee Brice are among the other stars dousing themselves with cold water this week. We’ll keep you posted on who takes the challenge next.

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FGL Ice Bucket Challenge from Florida Georgia Line on Vimeo.


Luke Bryan’s Impulse Shopping Got Him in Trouble in His Early Nashville Days

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleNow that Luke Bryan is a millionaire, his habit of impulse shopping isn’t that big a deal. When he was a broke and aspiring country singer in Nashville, however, spending big money was a real problem.

Luke tells People Country, “When I moved to Nashville, I didn’t have much money, but I wanted a new guitar and I felt like this one guitar was the one to have, so I dropped, like, two grand on this high-end guitar and it was damn impulsive, considering I didn’t have any money.”

These days, Luke is more likely to splurge on something for his big piece of property south of Nashville.  He says, “When I want to buy something, I can’t relax until I buy it. If I see an old farm truck I want on my farm … that’s it, I want it.”

Luke should have a big payday from his show at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Friday night.

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Willie Nelson Shares George Clooney’s Health Tip in New “Rolling Stone” Cover Story

Image Courtesy Shock InkWillie Nelson graces the cover of Rolling Stone this month for the first time since 1978. In the cover story, Willie opens up about his multiple marijuana arrests and famous troubles with the IRS in the early ’90s. He also reveals the health tip he recently took from his Oscar-winning pal, George Clooney.

Willie was recovering from a torn rotator cuff and couldn’t play golf and could barely play guitar. That’s when George suggested Willie look into a German treatment called Regenokine.

Willie explains, “The doctor took some blood out and recharged it and made it with, like, 150 percent more healing power, then he stuck it back in there. It really works. I’m in great shape.”‘

For more quotes from Willie, pick up Rolling Stone when it hits stands Friday.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat does the “GS” stand for on Cole Swindell‘s signature baseball hat? ANSWER: His alma mater, Georgia Southern University.

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Florida Georgia Line Promises Even More “Good Times” on Upcoming Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy CMAFlorida Georgia Line‘s latest single, “Dirt,” is already a runaway hit, but the reflective tone of that song doesn’t mean they’re saying goodbye to their good-timing ways on album number two.

The duo’s Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio, “You know, ‘Dirt’ is one of those amazing songs that don’t come around very often, but at the same time we’re still bringing the party on our album. We got quite a few uptempo songs that are still the FGL kinda vibe.”

The most important thing for Tyler and his duo partner, Brian Kelley, is stepping up their game after the huge success of their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times.

Looking back on that album, Brian tells ABC News Radio, “It’s definitely a body of work. It’s our life. We waited all our life to make that album, and, I think, we had the time of our life making it on the first go-around. I think we’re at the same place now with record two. We are having a blast.”

The guys are just putting a few finishing touches on the project, but they feel confident their fans are going to latch on to the new music very quickly.

“Our fans deserve the best songs,” Brian adds. “We just want an album that, just like the first one, we feel like there wasn’t one that you’d really want to skip.”

Look for Florida Georgia Line to take over New York City’s Central Park Friday on ABC’s Good Morning America. They’ll perform a few songs and make a big announcement on the show.

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